813-892-1808   • [email protected]   •   P.O. Box  381; Brant Lake, NY 12815


The name “adsila” is the Native American word for “blossom” and quite simply, the purpose of the retreat is to grow the impact of 20 of the nation’s most talented charitable non-profit organizations so they can further broaden their impact in their communities and the world.


Situated on 270 pristine acres in the upstate New York Adirondack mountains, the Retreat hosts the nation’s top humanitarian and children’s organizations, free of charge, for their annual planning, leadership retreats and program activities, including healing programs for the survivors of human trafficking.

Our goal is for participating nonprofits to broaden their community and programming impact as a direct result of the creativity, ideas and teamwork birthed and strengthened in a beautiful, focused, stress-free and distraction-free planning and programming environment. The Retreat is highly selective, working only with those organizations that have a proven impact on their communities and have an outstanding leadership team. The retreat includes housing, dining and meeting facilities as well as hiking, meditation trails, and horseback riding. We are currently building a new, larger dormitory and dining hall.

In 2016, The Adsila Retreat will host The Adsila Summit, a think tank camp for humanitarian leaders, merging traditional conference activities with recreational elements, including ropes courses and other outdoor activities, to stimulate a greater level of creativity, imagination and personal freedom during meeting sessions and provide soul-quenching refreshment for leaders to recharge them for their work in the field.

Planning for further construction is underway in a three-phase approach to eventually house 100 or more participants at a time.

In the US alone, nonprofits employ approximately 10% of the country’s workforce and annually organize over 60 million volunteers and 8 billion hours of service - a value of over $170 billion.

Our Charitable Non-Profits

In our inaguaral year, 2015, the following organizations will be using the retreat.

The Dream Center Network - New York City

Adsila Retreat Use: Leadership retreats and children’s programming

The Dream Center Network is a network of community programs across the country. The Los Angeles and New York City Dream Centers find and fill the needs of over 50,000 impoverished families, troubled youths and victimized women each month. The Dream Center currently provides housing for over 650 families including emancipated minors and young female victims of human trafficking.

GEMS Girls Educational & Mentoring Services

Adsila Retreat Use: Nature healing programming for survivors of trafficking

GEMS Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, is one of the nation’s largest providers of services to commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked youth in the US. GEMS advocates at the local, state and national level to promote policies that support young women who have been commercially exploited. Their Showtime documentary Very Young Girls has been viewed by over 4 million.



Maraya Pearson, M.B.A. Executive Director

Ms. Pearson is a former strategic projects manager with Accenture and JPMorgan Chase, managing multimillion dollar projects.  She has worked with nonprofits and charitable organizations including The Children’s Home, The Children’s Home Society, CASA, and the Dream Center in a variety of volunteer and fundraising roles for over 15 years.  She is the founder of Home CEO, Inc. an encouragement service for parents and families.  She is the wife and mom of four beautiful children, aged 2-17.

Surendra Pratap Singh, M.A.S., Ed.D., FPPR, FACAP, FMSI, Professor Emeritus USF, Retired Neuropsychologist

Dr. Singh is a retired Professor Emeritus from the University of South Florida where he taught in the department of Special Education for 42 years. During his tenure, he taught thousands of public and private school educators, and has a wealth of experience, knowledge, and background in advocacy work with underserved children and communities, including children with developmental disabilities.

Shani Hill, J.D. Vice President & General Counsel

Shani serves as the Vice President and General Counsel for The Adsila Retreat.  A member of the Florida Bar, she is an intellectual property attorney, specializing in patents and trademarks, and attended Stetson University and the University of Miami School of Law, where she received numerous academic awards.  A former AP Chemistry teacher, Shani has a degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida.  Shani is an active member of her community and has volunteered with various children’s and philanthropic causes for over 15 years.

Board of Directors

Surendra Pratap Singh, M.A.S., Ed.D., FPPR, FACAP, FMSI, Founder/Treasurer The Adsila Retreat

Hardy Pearson, Senior Vice President, Hapag-Lloyd

Shani Hill, Patent Attorney, Buesse, Wolter, Sanks and Maire, P.A.

Maraya Pearson, Founder/President The Adsila Retreat

Chicke Fitzgerald, Solutionz Holdings

Felema Yemaneberhan, Architectural Designer, Arquitectonica

Rachel Lloyd, Founder/President GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services)

Kshitij Kumar, Big Data / OpenStack / SDN business leader


Property/ Design

Alison Spear, Arquitectonica Interiors

Suzanne Avery

Sylvan Stolzfus, Sylvan Stoltzfus Builders

Susie Rice, President, RMC Property Group

Lou Bowers, Ph.D., Playground Professionals

Non Profit Organizations & Recreational Programming

Jamie Blevins, Vice President, United Way

Suzanne Avery, Founding supporter, Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance

Kenneth Bryant, Youth & Sports Manager,Tampa Housing Authority

Jennifer Libby, Vice President, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Kelly Elliot, Director of Camp Services, Serious Fun Network

Dana Smalley, Sr. Managing Consultant, CSC & President TLC Gift Kits

Vicki Sokolik, Founder/ Executive Director, Starting Right Now, Inc.

Kevin Knox, Youth & Sports Manager, Tampa Housing Authority

Stella Reed, Founder, Dream Center of New York City

Management / Organizational Expertise

Binta Brown, Humanitarian and Founder, Grand Fermata Holdings

Michael Garcia, President, OAI, Inc.

Kshitij Kumar, Big Data / OpenStack / SDN business leader

Jackie Toledo, Civil Engineer

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